Real wage growth and unemployment rates, by occupation, 2018

Occupation Year-over-year real wage growth Unemployment rate*
All 1.4% 3.7%
Building & grounds cleaning & maintenance occupations 3.8% 5.7%
Legal occupations 3.7% 1.8%
Arts, design, entertainment, sports & media occs 3.7% 3.5%
Farming, fishing and forestry occupations 3.5% 9.6%
Installation, maintenance and repair occupations 2.8% 3.0%
Sales and related occupations 2.2% 4.2%
Office and administrative support occupations 1.9% 3.8%
Management occupations 1.6% 1.8%
Business and financial operations occupations 1.3% 2.6%
Personal care and service occupations 1.1% 4.6%
Food preparation and serving related occupations 0.8% 6.2%
Computer and mathematical science occupations 0.7% 2.3%
Transportation and material moving occupations 0.6% 5.3%
Education, training and library occupations 0.3% 2.9%
Production occupations 0.3% 4.3%
Healthcare practitioner and technical occupations 0.0% 1.5%
Construction and extraction occupations -1.1% 6.6%
Architecture and engineering occupations -1.2% 2.0%
Protective service occupations -1.5% 3.0%
Healthcare support occupations -2.2% 3.8%
Community and social service occupations -2.4% 2.3%
Life, physical and social science occupations -3.4% 2.3%

*The unemployment rate by occupation is only calculated for individuals who have previous work experience, which is why it is lower than the headline unemployment rate.

Note: The year-over-year real wage growth is growth between the average of the 12 months from July 2016-June 2017 and the average of the 12 months from July 2017-June 2018. Note that these are different data and time periods than the wage data described in the first paragraph of this post. The unemployment rate is the average of the 12 months from July 2017-June 2018.

Source: EPI analysis of Current Population Survey microdata

View the underlying data on epi.org.